New York City: The New York Police Department says the loud noise of a motorcycle backfiring caused a panic and sent people scrambling in Times Square. The department tweeted Tuesday evening, “There is no #ActiveShooter in #TimesSquare. Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots.” The tweet also says the department received multiple 911 calls and urged the public to not panic saying “The Times Square area is very safe!” The Midtown Manhattan neighborhood is a major tourist destination and entertainment center. PIX11 reports that some people on Twitter thought the noise was an explosion and that many people ran into buildings and stores. The scare comes after 31 people were killed in two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in less than 24 hours over the weekend.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – One of two suspects wanted in connection with an explosion that injured 15 people at a restaurant west of Toronto may be a woman, contrary to earlier reports, police said Tuesday.Investigators originally said both suspects wanted in Thursday night’s blast at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ont., were men, but new video evidence and witness input suggests at least one of the suspects could be female, said Peel regional police Supt. Rob Ryan.Police have finished their work at the scene of the blast and are now analysing a collection of evidence that includes fingerprints, DNA, surveillance video, interviews with people present at the restaurant that night and remnants of the explosive device itself, Ryan said.“Investigators spent hundreds of hours over the weekend combing the scene for every fine detail that might help them to understand what happened that night,” he said.“What led the two suspects to detonate this device is still not clear,” he added. “We do not have clear motive and no one has claimed responsibility.”Peel police have spoken to the RCMP and law enforcement and intelligence agencies across Ontario and currently have no evidence to suggest the bombing was an act of terror or a hate crime, Ryan said, nor is there any indication another attack may be imminent.“We don’t have any messaging from before the incident or during the incident from these (suspects), no conversation that we are aware of,” he saidRyan thanked members of the public for their patience, and pledged to keep them updated as the case evolves.“While we understand this investigation is drawing extensive public interest from around the world, we want you to understand this is a complex case and it’s going to take time to solve,” he said, adding that Peel police have established a full-time task force to investigate the blast.The suspects — who, if caught, will be charged with attempted murder and several other offences related to the explosion — were in and out of the restaurant in a short amount of time around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, and fled the scene on foot before their homemade explosive device detonated, police said.Investigators have traced the suspects’ escape route with drones and dogs, and believe the pair headed east from Bombay Bhel, cutting through a construction site and then a residential subdivision, Ryan said.Police have said they think the suspects ultimately got into a vehicle.Ryan said assistance from the community would be “critical” to the investigation, and urged anyone with information to contact police, whether they were in the area of the restaurant on the night of the bombing, or know something about the suspects.“We know there are people out there who know who did this and it’s time for them to do the right thing and come forward,” Ryan said.The 15 people injured in the blast, ranging in age from 23 to 69, were all treated and released from hospital within 24 hours, police said.
Budapest: India’s Suthirta Mukherjee scripted a 4-3 win in what was the biggest women singles upset in the ITTF World Championships at Budapest when she sent world No. 58 Sabine Winter of Germany packing on Tuesday. In the process, she joined Manika Batra, who had an easy first-round outing against Andrea Todorovic of Serbia 14-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, in the round of 64. But Archana Kamath and Madhurika Patkar bowed out of women singles race after making it to the round of 128. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSuthirta, ranked 502 in the world, used strong backhand counters to win 8-11, 17-15, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 against an attacking 26-year-old German. The 23-year-old, ranked No. 3 in India, was part of the gold-winning women squad at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Manika, the world No. 56, was rusty in her opening game but picked up pace to dispose of the Serbian qualifier, ranked No. 135, in quick time after the extended first game. Manika will meet Chen Szu-Yu of Taipei in next round. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterArchana, playing her third consecutive tough match, lost 11-8, 11-8, 19-17, 8-11, 6-11, 7-11, 4-11 to Egypt’s Dina Meshref after leading 3-0. The energy-sapping third game, which Archana won 19-17, took its toll as the Indian could not stop the marauding Egyptian who picked up the gauntlet to emerge winners. Madhurika began well but failed to sustain against Austria’s Amelie Solja as the world No. 65 downed the Indian 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11. Earlier in the day, Manika combined well with Archana to beat Konstantina Paridi and Aikaterini Toliou of Greece 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 to enter women doubles round of 32 where they will take on Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato. But the second Indian pair of Madhurika and Suthirta lost to the Canadian-Spanish combine of Mo Zhang and Maria Xiao 2-11, 11-6, 13-15, 8-11, 8-11.
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests that Canadians who support the Liberal government’s tax-change proposal outnumber those opposed to the idea — barely.The Ekos-Canadian Press survey suggested that, based on what people know of the idea, 49 per cent of respondents support it, while 44 per cent are against.The Liberals are proposing updates to the tax code to close loopholes they say let the wealthiest Canadians pay less tax — changes the Opposition says will have far wider and negative implications for small businesses.The poll put questions on the proposals to 4,839 people between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1 as the issue dominated the start of the fall sitting of Parliament.The Conservatives have launched an all-out war on the idea, buying television ads and devoting nearly all of question period each day since the House of Commons returned to the topic. Provincial premiers have taken up the cause, pressing the issue at Tuesday’s first ministers’ meeting in Ottawa and a wide range of groups have written open letters, held protests and show up at government town halls to voice disagreement.To what political end remains to be seen, the poll suggests.“Given the vehemence of the initial response, some have speculated that the governing Liberals are being hurt by these proposals. In our view, this does not appear to be the case,” Ekos said.“While it is the case that the Liberals are in a significantly weaker position than they were a year ago, the decline occurred over the spring, not the summer.”Those polled who oppose the proposals are more likely identify as Conservative as well those who identify as poor, while support is more focused on the middle class.The poll suggests the Liberals’ message of tax fairness is resonating more broadly than the way the opposition is choosing to frame the debate.Of those surveyed, 52 per cent said they support the Liberal argument that the changes will create a fairer tax system, while 40 per cent agreed with a statement that the changes amount to a tax grab.“The battle over framing is by no means over but, at this early stage, it appears the government is enjoying even stronger support on the basic fairness framing.”Ekos researchers caution that the proposals up for debate are complex and while they’re confident in their questions, a different approach could have yielded different results.The poll, which reached respondents on both cellphones and land lines, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.There’s also what might happen next — public opinion could evolve as the proposals do as well, the researchers note. The consultation period closed on Monday and the Liberals say they have listened to the feedback they’ve received.
“Illegal working fuels illegal immigration to the UK and that is why we are carrying out operations like these. If you are a business you must carry out the correct checks on your staff or you could end up with a heavy fine. We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines,” Colin Berrington, from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said. Meanwhile, measures to toughen civil penalties against rogue businesses employing illegal migrants, while cutting red tape for legitimate employers, were unveiled by the Government earlier last week. These proposals are part of the government’s plans to make it more difficult for illegal migrants to live and work in the UK, and to take tougher action against the rogue employers who exploit them. It is also intended to ensure that the country’s immigration policy is built into the benefits system, health system, housing system and the provision of services across government. Earlier this month, three male illegal workers from Sri Lanka were arrested following a raid on a garage in Sittingbourne, Kent. The men were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. Proposals being considered to toughen civil penalties for businesses employing illegal migrants include an increase in the maximum penalty to £20,000 (approx. 3.9 million Sri Lankan rupees) per illegal worker, targeted at those employers who repeatedly break the rules.The plans will form part of the Immigration Bill, being introduced later this year, which will tighten immigration law, strengthen the UK’s enforcement powers and clamp down on those from overseas who try to abuse the UK’s public services. Five male illegal workers were detained by the UK Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Blackpool, England, following an operation at two restaurants in the area. Among the five were two Sri Lankan men aged 21 and 22 who had both overstayed their visas and were working illegally, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK. Both businesses will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers. If the employer is unable to provide evidence that legally-required pre-employment checks were carried out, a fine of up to £10,000 per worker will be imposed.
Tomorrow, marks exactly 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and this visit is likely to pave the way to further cooperation between the two Indian Ocean neighbours.Seychelles and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations on 3rd October 1988. (Colombo Gazette) The talks are expected to concentrate on health, education, tourism, environment, fisheries, maritime security and the Indian Ocean Commission amongst others. President Maithripala Sirisena will be in the Seychelles next week (8th to 10th October, 2018) on his first State Visit. He will be accompanied by his wife and a high level delegation.President Sirisena will be in the Seychelles on an invitation extended to him by President Danny Faure in March last year, during President Faure’s working visit to Sri Lanka. President Sirisena and President Faure are expected to have bilateral discussions on various areas of cooperation between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles said.
“We have invited a State Party to settle our maritime disputes peacefully through UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) including its provisions on dispute settlement, specifically arbitration,” Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario told the Assembly’s 69th annual high-level meeting, without mentioning China by name.“However, it has refused to join us and has continued to unilaterally embark on an expansionist claim that violates the legitimate rights of the Philippines and other littoral neighbours under UNCLOS such as their Exclusive Economic Zones and Continental Shelves. “Instead of peacefully resolving the maritime disputes within the framework of UNCLOS, said State embarked on a series of dangerous, reckless and forceful activities in an attempt to impose unilateral change in the maritime status quo of the South China Sea.”Turning to the Golan, where 72 Filipino peacekeepers in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitoring the disengagement accord between Syria and Israel were surrounded last month by armed elements in the Syrian civil war until they moved to safety, Mr. Rosario called for top-level action to ensure the security of such missions.“We are deeply concerned with the continuing and emerging dangers faced by all UN peacekeepers and urge the United Nations and all fellow Member States to ensure that these dangers are addressed comprehensively.” He said.“We believe that outstanding operational and tactical issues relating to United Nations peacekeeping must be resolved at the highest levels as soon as possible. The Philippines reiterates its solid commitment to uphold multilateral peacekeeping, collective security and the rule of law.”On development, he said that the greatest challenge to the Philippines in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) was the series of disasters that had befallen the country. Super typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to have hit landfall in recorded history, made a significant impact on the modest progress we have achieved towards the Goals.Two months ago, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for the Haiyan-affected areas had been completed, which would require a considerable amount of resources and effort, but the Philippines and its international partners are determined to see this massive rebuilding and rehabilitation plan to full completion.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Charles Jackson drilled six from distance to total 21 points and help Arkansas-Pine Bluff knock off Little Rock 75-66 in the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational campus game on Saturday.Martaveious McKnight scored 20 points while dishing out eight assists and Shaun Doss added 18 points as Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-4) garnered its second straight win after starting the season 0-4.The Golden Lions took control early, leading 38-31 at the break. Little Rock remained close until Charles Jackson drilled a 3 and McKnight made three straight free throws for a 63-51 advantage at the 9:05 mark. Christian Robertson followed with two straight layups to push the lead to 67-51.Nikola Maric had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Little Rock (3-3). Kris Bankston added 12 points with nine boards and Markquis Nowell contributed 13 points.Arkansas-Pine Bluff hit 10 of 28 from beyond the arc while the Trojans were just 4 of 19.The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. — If we someday look back and can firmly say that the Golden State Warriors were the greatest team ever assembled, Thursday night’s 113-91 laugher over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals may be the moment that idea began coming into focus for the average fan.In the first half alone, Golden State missed a whopping 15 shots from inside the restricted area, which basically equates to point-blank range. Draymond Green, who logged 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a Game 7 loss last year, didn’t score a basket until there was just over a minute left in the third period. And Klay Thompson, arguably the second-best shooter in the world, finished the evening 3-of-16 from the floor. Just two Warriors finished the game as double-digit scorers.Yet while Golden State looked primed to roll a gutter ball, Kevin Durant’s performance acted as the ultimate bumper rail, and the Warriors prevailed by 22 points instead.The superstar finished with 38 points on 26 shots, and logged eight rebounds and eight assists without turning the ball over even once.1Shaquille O’Neal holds the Finals record for most points in a game without turning it over, having logged 41 during a contest in 2000. Michael Jordan had a 37-point game with no turnovers back in 1998. Durant had six dunks by himself, a number that was jarring when juxtaposed against the fact that the Warriors finished with just four turnovers as a team, tied for the fewest in a game in NBA Finals history.2Oddly enough, the other two teams to accomplish this — the 2013 San Antonio Spurs and the 2005 Detroit Pistons — both went on to lose their series. Honestly, think about that: Durant had more dunks than his team had turnovers.Durant was at times a playmaker, setting up his teammates.3He effortlessly logged his eight assists Thursday. Harrison Barnes, the man he replaced, has never had more than five in a game. He was a lethal 1-on-1 scorer when he wanted to be, undressing Richard Jefferson with a nasty stepback that nearly incinerated the old-timer’s shoe. But perhaps most importantly, he pushed the tempo and created defensive conundrums for Cleveland that basically break basketball logic.Twice during the second quarter, Durant dribbled the ball right down Main Street without a single Cavalier stepping up to challenge him.And while it’s easy to blame that on horrendous defense — Cleveland was the worst transition D in the NBA during the regular season, and many of us thought the team might struggle to get stops in this series — it isn’t as simple as the Cavs being lazy or afraid of defending Durant. Instead, they were most concerned about leaving Stephen Curry wide open for a corner three.On both of these plays, you’ll notice that the Cavs are moving to their right to make sure that Curry doesn’t get a clean look from that spot. In doing so, Durant waltzes in for the four easiest points he’ll ever score.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantclearlane.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantclearlane2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue suggested during his post-game press conference that it was a mistake to give Durant the easy looks in transition, because it allowed him to find a rhythm from outside. And there appeared to be some truth to that. KD shot just 1-of-5 from outside the paint in the first half but stayed afloat by shooting 9-of-13 from inside the painted area. He then went on to shoot 4-of-5 from outside that area after halftime, including a transition dagger where defenders, again, left him alone because of how focused they were on Curry.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantfrom3.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s a night-and-day difference from Harrison Barnes, whom the Cavs were happy to ignore toward the end of last year’s series. Now, Cleveland gets burned for the slightest mistakes, while Golden State’s secondary players can be less perfect than they’ve ever been. The addition of Durant changed that dynamic, and given that this is happening in the Finals, it’s scary for the rest of the NBA.Golden State had LeBron driving to nowhereThe Cavaliers offense revolves around LeBron James getting to the rack and creating problems elsewhere, but in Game 1, those problems seemed to have been solved. According to player tracking data from NBA.com, James drove to the basket 21 times in Game 1 — he did so just 9.5 times per game in the regular season, and 11.1 times per game in the postseason before Thursday. Things didn’t go well on those plays.The Warriors’ ability to contain LeBron with just Durant and not compromise the rest of their defense threw the entire Cavaliers offense out of alignment. With the other Golden State defenders staying home on the Cleveland shooters, James had just one assist and compiled five of his eight turnovers on those plays. He went 2 for 8 on his drives — a significant drop off from the 62 percent he shot on his attempts off drives during the regular season.The entire Cleveland offense is premised on James’s ability to score efficiently at the rim and draw help. But Durant has been one of the best rim protectors in the league this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 48.7 percent at the rim in the regular season and 41.8 percent in the playoffs. Whether or not James can solve that, single coverage at the rim will be a big factor in whether or not the Cleveland offense looks any better going forward in the series.The Cavs were very, very bad — but they’re not deadFor a blowout to happen, it usually takes two teams playing at opposite ends of the spectrum. And as good as Golden State was at protecting the ball and scoring in transition, Cleveland’s offense was equally dreadful in just about every way.Take shooting: The Cavs’ 34.9 percent accuracy from the field was their second-worst single-game mark of the entire season, trailing only this January loss to the Blazers. (Factoring in 3-point shooting using effective field goal percentage only makes things marginally better — this was their fifth-worst game according to that metric.) They made just 14 of the 38 shots (37 percent) classified as “open” or “wide open” by the NBA’s player-tracking data (including 7-for-24 from downtown) and were 3-for-28 (11 percent) on shots that weren’t created by either James’s or Kyrie Irving’s shooting or passing. Neither Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams nor Kyle Korver scored (they shot 0-for-10); J.R. Smith made Cleveland’s first basket of the game and wasn’t heard from after that.Giveaways were also a major problem. Cleveland’s 17.1 percent turnover rate was tied for its seventh-highest of the entire season. The whole offensive package added up to a mere 91.4 points per 100 possessions, the Cavaliers’ fourth-least efficient game of the season — and by far the worst outing of the playoffs for a team that had gone into the Finals leading all teams in offensive rating.The good news for the Cavs is that, as bad as they looked in Game 1, they’re far from doomed. Just one year ago, they were beaten by a wider average margin (24 points) in their first two games than they lost by Thursday (22) … and we all know how that series ended. With its explosive 3-point shooting, the Cavs’ offense could heat up and make us all forget about their bad night. But by the same token, Cleveland can scarcely afford any more duds against an opponent that might be the greatest the game has ever seen. Like their odds of winning the series, the Cavs’ margin for error just became more razor-thin than ever.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (June 2, 1 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Kevin Durant allowed opponents to shoot 41.8 percent at the rim during the regular season. That was the number for the playoffs. His regular-season number was 48.7 percent. The story has been updated.
THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY Fund (IMF) has cut its global growth forecast for this year and next and warned that government policies have failed to restore confidence.In its latest World Economic Outlook published today, the Washington-based organisation says that that the global economy will grow by 3.3 per cent this year, down from its July estimate of 3.5 per cent.It predicts that Ireland’s economy will be one of only a few in the eurozone to post growth this year and acknowledges the country’s “bumpy recovery”.Global economic growth will only hit 3.6 per cent next year which is lower than the 3.9 per cent predicted in July.However both of these forecasts are based on the assumption that European leaders get a handle on the crisis afflicting countries like Spain and that politicians in the US reach a deal that will avoid harsh spending cuts and taxes that automatically kick-in in January to deal with its spiralling deficit.The IMF says: “The most immediate downside risk — that delayed or insufficient policy action will further escalate the euro area crisis — remains in place.It adds: “In the United States, it is imperative to avoid excessive fiscal consolidation (the fiscal cliff) in 2013, to raise the debt ceiling promptly, and to agree on a credible medium-term fiscal consolidation plan.”IrelandFor Ireland, the IMF says that it expects it to be the only bailed out eurozone country that will post growth this year but acknowledged that it is a “bumpy recovery”.“Except for Ireland, which is in a bumpy recovery, the recessions in the economies of the euro area periphery have been deeper, and recovery is generally expected to begin only in 2013, once adjustment moderates,” the Fund says.Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Ireland will grow by 0.4 per cent this year and 1.4 per cent next year, the IMF says, with unemployment expected to come at around 14.8 per cent this year.This will fall only moderately to 14.4 per cent next year – the same rate that it was in 2011.In its more detailed assessment of Ireland’s finances under the bailout programme with European authorities, the Fund has consistently said that joblessness is too high in this country.However the slight fall in Ireland’s unemployment figures compares favourably to that of other bailed out nations.In Greece unemployment will rise to over 25 per cent next year while in Portugal it will rise to 16 per cent next year, according to the IMF.Read: Banks repay €3.3 billion in fees from State guarantee schemesRead: Exchequer returns show tax take up but deficit at over €11bn
People can put the rumor to rest. There will not be a Facebook phone to compete against Google’s Android OS handsets or Apple’s iPhone. At least, there won’t be a a single phone. If Mark Zuckerberg has his way every phone will be a Facebook phone.Technologizer reported on Facebook’s press event on Wednesday which included the latest news around the social network’s mobile strategy. Details announced included:Updates to the Facebook app for Android and the iPhone to include support for Groups and Places. The Android app is expected to have much of the same functionality as the iPhone version after an update.Single sign-on to allow mobile apps to use Facebook credentials with one click and no password required. Current websites supporting single sign-on include Groupon, Flixter, Yelp and Booyah.API available for Facebook Places to allow third-party location-based services to interact with Places including the ability to read it, write to it and search it.A Deals feature has been added which will allow Facebook users to to find offers by local merchants using the Nearby optionFacebook’s goal is becoming clear, to have its hand in as many different social areas as possible, while remaining independent of any one hardware platform. By providing the hooks the social network allows any hardware manufacturer or mobile operating system developer to easily integrate Facebook functionality. By default Facebook becomes available on every platform meaning no need for Facebook to get into hardware.I did find it hard to believe that Facebook would try to get into the highly competitive arena of mobile phones. Nice to see they were smart enough to stick with what they are good at.Read more at Technologizer
Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Sebastiana The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know as Friday gets underway. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 8:49 AM No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3280039 EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #HIT AND RUN: A jogger who was knocked down in a hit and run incident has died in hospital.2. #FINED: Drimnagh credit union has been fined €125,000 for breaching several laws, including ones relating to money laundering and terrorist financing.3. #SOLIDARITY: The Anti-Austerity Alliance is due to rebrand as Solidarity.4. #AIR CORPS: An exclusive investigation by TheJournal.ie reveals how a whistleblower in the Air Corps believes over 1,000 people could be affected by exposure to dangerous chemicals.5. #CHALLENGE: US president Donald Trump’s new travel ban is facing a round of legal challenges from a number of states.6. #SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s president has been officially removed from office.7. #CHOICE PRIZE: Limerick and Clare-based hip hop group Rusangano Family have picked up the RTÉ Choice Music Prize album of the year for their album Let the Dead Bury the Dead.8. #DEFENCE: A number of the country’s largest religious organisations have defended their contributions to the €1.5 billion bill for paying redress to survivors of institutional abuse, RTÉ reports.9. #FIRE: An elderly man died in a house fire in Donegal yesterday afternoon. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Sebastiana By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL 9,720 Views Mar 10th 2017, 8:49 AM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for peace with neighbouring Greece last month, many thought it was insinuated that the air space and water violations would cease. But that has been far from the case.On Monday a Turkish helicopter and three pairs of F-16 fighter jets, four of which were armed, violated Greece’s national air space, entering the Athens Flight Informational Region on more than one occasion over a 24-hour period.In total the aircraft violated rules on four occasions, committing 15 violations throughout the day, said Greek Defence officials.According to a report by ANA-MPA, it took Greek air force pilots to engage in mock dogfights to chase the Turkish aircraft away.
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The Missile Defense Agency today confirmed Clear Air Station as its preferred location for a new type of radar system, called Long Range Discrimination Radar. The final decision will depend on safety and environmental studies.Download Audio:The selection of Clear helps solidify Alaska’s role as host to the ground-based mid-course missile defense system, designed primarily to shoot down warheads from North Korea. Clear is on the Parks Highway, 80 miles from Fairbanks. It is already home to an upgraded early warning radar system that will be part of the missile defense system.Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, says LRDR improves the view of the target, giving interceptors a better chance.“You want to see it, just like a baseball player playing outfield. You want to be able to watch that ball once it gets hit off the bat all the way into the mitt, to make the best chance of catching the ball,” says Ellison, whose organization accepts money from the defense industry. “Right now, we can’t see it all the way through. We have to close our eyes for a good part of it, and then we have to look up and find it.”That’s the “long-range” part of the name. Ellison says the “discrimination” part is also vital to defeating an enemy missile.“When it goes though space, there’s a lot of junk. There’s a lot of parts. There’s a lot of stuff in that, including countermeasures, including decoys and maybe a couple of warheads in there, he said. “So this radar is able to pinpoint exactly what the actual vehicle is, the target vehicle that’s carrying the weapon.”George Lewis, a visiting scholar at Cornell University and a long-time critic of missile defense, says the discrimination is crucial. Lewis says existing radar will likely spot a North Korean launch right away, or when it clears any cloud cover in a minute or so.“We will see it quite early in flight. This radar would probably be the first one that can begin to make serious discrimination measurements, and the earlier you do that, the better off you are,” said Lewis.Existing radar, Lewis says, has a range resolution of about 30 feet.“That means that at about 30 feet apart — if there are two objects that are about 30 feet apart — that’s the distance at which it would being to be able to tell that there’s two objects, instead of one,” he said.A typical warhead is about 6 feet long, so Lewis says the current system would see lots of stuff as a possible warhead. Lewis says LRDR’s range resolution would most likely be about 18 inches. Even with LRDR, Lewis says it won’t be easy to pick out the warheads from the debris, but he calls it a necessary component.LRDR is estimated to cost about $1 billion. Much of that will be spent on hardware and technology, though the system would require construction on site. The Missile Defense Agency says it hopes to have the new radar system operational by 2020.
The U.S. is accelerating it’s icebreaker program as part of a newly announced initiative to build capacity in the Arctic.The White House said in an early morning press release that during his visit to Seward and the Exit Glacier on Tuesday, President Obama will propose speeding up acquisition of a “replacement heavy icebreaker” by two years, from 2022 to 2020.Obama also plans on working with congress to plan for an expanded icebreaker fleet, “To ensure the United States can operate year-round in the Arctic Ocean.”Generally, it is Alaska’s congressional delegation that calls for more vessels able to operate in the icy-waters of the high north, and rarely is there much traction.In the same release, the White House sketched a new observer program in Alaska’s marine waters, partnering federal agencies with Alaska Native communities to gather data on changing ecological conditions, and expanded scientific scientific research projects on Arctic biodiversity.
Madhapur: The students of Dr Pejjai Nagaraju, a theatre director and acting trainer, on behalf of Samahaara will be staging a play, ‘Maa Bhoomi,’ at Phoenix Arena at Madhapur on August 3-4. The play is written by Sunkara Satyanarayana and Vaasireddy Bhaskar Rao. It deals with atrocities of the Zamindars and the autocratic rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad. Written in 1947 this political drama gives us a glimpse of life in rural Telangana and how people suffered under the burden of taxation and the exploitation of the Deshmukhs. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us As many as 125 groups were formed to perform Maa Bhoomi in 1947 and within a year they had completed thousand performances and around 20 lakh people watched the play. Still now, it is performed more than 12,000 shows. The play was written to support the armed struggle taken up by the peasants across Telangana. The main targets of attack were the forced grain levy, the practice of veth begar, illegal exaction’s and illegal seizures of land. The play also demonstrates the unity and diversity of Hindu and Mulslims.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and some members of the City Council are headed to Washington D.C. Wednesday. While there, they will be pitching a multi-billion-dollar solution to flooding around Houston.Unfortunately for Houston, the metro-area has suffered three 100-year floods (flooding usually so statistically rare it earned that nickname) in the past 15-months.Looking to solve flooding northeast of the city, Councilman Dave Martin will join Mayor Sylvester Turner, members of the city’s Congressional Delegation, and others in a meeting with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Washington.Martin thinks the solution to flooding along the San Jacinto River and around Lake Houston is to dredge the 62-year old lake.“Because of the silt that has gone from various other tributaries that lead into Lake Houston we’ve lost probably about 50% of the holding capacity of the water that sits in Lake Houston,” Martin says.With less room for water in the lake, heavy rains have produced major flooding. Martin believes the cost to dredge the lake could be anywhere from $2-10-billion dollars, and whatever the cost, it will require federal, state and local money.“Anyone who lives in around the Kingwood, Conroe, Huffman and all those areas can look at it, and there is no doubt [about it] that it’s different today than it ever was,” said Martin.Houston’s recently appointed “Flood Czar” Stephen Costello will also be making the trip to Washington. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:07 Share
A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus meeting for the first time in months, the website Wallet Hub ranking Texas as one of the worst states for healthcare, and Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta, it appears, winning Joe’s Crab Shack back onto his long list of restaurant properties.Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Fred Goodall, marketer and publisher of the websites MochaDad.com and MochaManStyle.com Vlad Davidiuk, communications director for the Harris County Republican PartyLisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle columnist Share
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Young Hindu Cultural Service Society hosted a Diwali ‘Festival of Lights’ celebration at the new hall site on Saturday afternoon, October 22. The event was full of fun, entertainment and games for the whole family.There was a Milk Walk, a Pick a Box and other competitions, fun family games and lots more. In addition, a variety of stalls sold different things to curious browsers.The Prakash Orchestra and other artists entertained the crowd with the latest Bollywood tracks.To end off with, a beautiful fireworks display took place.It certainly was a colourful affair and a great celebration for all those who attended in the true spirit of Diwali. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!